Bill Shorten, leader of the Federal Opposition, has today pledged $700 million in funding for the Metronet Ellenbrook rail project, as part of the Fair Share for WA Fund.
Federal Labor’s commitment will deliver Commonwealth funding for a project that has been promised to residents for over a decade, in an area experiencing unprecedented population growth.
Local residents have endured traffic congestion and limited public transport options for too long. WA Labor has acted decisively since forming government in March, beginning the detailed planning for the rail project, delivering new East-West bus links and commencing work to duplicate Lord St.
The Lord St project incorporates the earthworks for Ellenbrook rail and includes preliminary site works at the town’s station site.
Following completion of detailed planning and engineering for the Morley-Ellenbrook line, construction is projected to commence in 2019 with completion due in 2022.
Comments attributed to Jessica Shaw MLA:
“Ellenbrook is going to receive the train line that it needs and deserves. We’ve waited far too long for this project.
“Following his renewed interest in our community, Christian Porter needs to step up and deliver for Ellenbrook. He must secure Liberal Party support for a matching commitment.
The Liberals have a long record of failure when it comes to public transport. Minister Porter failed to deliver the rail commitment when he was State treasurer and Mike Nahan is still out there trying to wreck this project.
Since abandoning state politics, Minister Porter has had 5 years to secure federal funding for a train to Ellenbrook and has failed to provide a cent for our community.
“We’re getting on with the job and planning the project. Earthworks are underway as part of the Lord St duplication and the phone tower on Main St is being relocated to make way for the Ellenbrook Station.
“Labor built 80km of rail when we were last in Government. Only Labor has credibility on public transport. Only Labor will deliver a train line to Ellenbrook.
Comments attributed to Senator Louise Pratt:
“The biggest risk to the delivery of the Ellenbrook line is the re-election of the Turnbull Government and the local member Christian Porter. Christian Porter has ignored the people of Ellenbrook for the last six years and who is beholden to a party who does not support public transport investment.